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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,813 miles

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2007 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2007 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #38

Apr 072010

Sonata

  • 14,453 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The rear brakes of my 2007 Hyundai Sonata have had to be replaced. The car had 14453 miles on it when this happened. I am not a compulsive braker, and the front brakes are just fine. Could this be an issue with all Hyundai rear brakes??

- North Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #37

Apr 072010

Sonata

  • 27,000 miles
Rear brakes need replacing at 27,000 miles? I was notified by Hyundai that my rear brakes needed replacing and they had to re-surface the rotors. I am looking online, and there are so many people with rear brake problems at low mileage - Hyundai won't cover it under warranty. This is a safety issue and should be investigated. Thanks!

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #36

Mar 142010

Sonata

  • 28,500 miles
My 2007 Sonata had only 18,000 miles on it when the rear brakes kept squeaking & locking up. This wore the pads down and they had to be replaced. I was told this happened because the sliders were rusting up and stopped working. I argued with Hyundai that this was not normal and they said it depended on the driver. I am 65 years old had many vehicles, and have never rode the brakes, nor changed my driving habits. Now I have the problem again at 28,000 miles and my brakes are actually burning at times. The smell is terrible. I feel that this is a defect and also a safety hazard. My car bucks at times and I think that I may have to replace the rear brakes again. I am afraid to drive the car right now. I can't afford to fix the brakes again at this time. Please advise.

- Blandon, PA, USA

problem #35

Mar 142010

Sonata

  • 28,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2007 Sonata had only 18,000 miles on it when the rear brakes kept squeaking & locking up. This wore the pads down and they had to be replaced.I was told this happened because the sliders were rustin up and stopped working. I argued with Hyundai that this was not normal and they said it depended on the driver. I am 65 years old had many vehicles, and have never rode the brakes, nor changed my driving habits. Now I have the problem again at 28,000 miles and my brakes are actually burning at times. The smell is terrible. I feel that this is a defect and also a safety hazard. My car bucks at times and I think that I may have to replace the rear brakes again. I am afraid to drive the car right now. I can't afford to fix the brakes again at this time. Please advise.

- Blandon, PA, USA

problem #34

Apr 142009

Sonata

  • 28,000 miles
I own a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. Have had same issue with brakes as reported many times by others in this forum, with Hyundai refusing to take responsibility. Finally have Canadian motor vehicle arbitration plan willing to set up arbitration with Hyundai. Looking for someone with similar problem willing to come to toronto area as witness. If my arbitration successful, this may be a good step toward getting Hyundai to cover repairs for all.

- Barrie, On Canada L4n9r5, 00, USA

problem #33

Dec 112009

Sonata

  • 34,967 miles
Defect in design or substandard metal parts in the rear brake assemblies of 2006 & later Hyundai Sonatas causing premature brake wear. I have premature brake pad wear (metal on metal) after 35,000 miles on my 2007 Sonata. This condition is reported online by many other owners with as little as 20K. Dealer will not cover under warranty. Hyundai usa will only consider reimbursement after it is repaired first and preferable by a dealer. My dealer said its a "design flaw with the pad retainer", those online report corroded caliper mounting pins as the cause. Some report they need to routinely clean and lubricate these parts to prevent the excessive wear. Because this is a brake issue, safety of all owners should be enough to issue a recall.

- Oregon, WI, USA

problem #32

Sep 252009

Sonata

  • 16,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We own a 2007 Hyundai Sonata with 16,000 miles on it, barely 2 years old. The brakes had a squeal at about 15,000 miles and we couldn't put our finger on the problem. At 16,000 miles the rear wheels began grinding and I called cochran to have it fixed. They set me up with an appointment the next day. They told me my back brakes were worn and the rotors needed cut. This has to be some defect in the braking system, I've never had to replace brakes on any of my cars under 50,000 miles. They said it was not a warranty problem and charged me $225 for the repair. I think hyndai should put out a recall on these calipers hanging up on the 2007 Sonata, and reimbursed all of us that have had this problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #31

Oct 252009

Sonata

  • 32,000 miles
Hyundai Sonata 2007 - rear brake failure - rear brake pad came apart and was completely nonfunctional.

- Mazeppa, MN, USA

problem #30

Nov 072009

Sonata

  • 36,000 miles
I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata that has a stuck caliper for the second time in 14 months. The first time they changed both rear calipers under warranty as the car had just under 36K miles. Yesterday, at 55K miles, I discovered when having my oil changed that the rear caliper on the driver's side is stuck again. I heard a little squeaking this last week and thought I would have my breaks checked. To my surprise, mechanics at Mr. Tire told me the right pad is hardly worn, but the left rear pad is almost completely gone and has affected the rotor slightly. I am afraid this will be a safety issue in the ice and have read many similar complaints on edmunds carspace and believe this should be an issue for recall.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #29

Sep 182009

Sonata

  • 18,000 miles
2007 Hyundai Sonata 18,000 miles, rear driver's side complete brake failure because caliper did not release pad. There was no warning sound or light to alert me to the problem until the rotor was completely worn. Rotor and pad replaced. Service stated that brake slide needs lubrication frequently, a service that is not recommended in the owner's manual.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #28

Oct 292009

Sonata

  • 39,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata purchased in April/May 2007, and I've always done regular maintenance at dealers only, no outside servicers. Bought car at power bowser in pittsburgh, pa (live in boston now) who did pa state inspection and 30K service there when the car was at 32K miles in 2/09. (rear brakes had been replaced already in 7/08). At the time, front brakes were measured at 60% remaining and rear 90% remaining. I did mostly highway driving, which involves little braking, since that time. Less than 7K miles and 7.5 months (my car is now at 39K) later now my car is at mirak Hyundai in Massachusetts with the front brakes measuring at 25-30% and damaged rotors, and the back brakes are at zero% on one side in the back and 70% on the other side in the back with the 70% side immobile in the caliper having worn down from 90% only because of rotor wear. In other words, one side of my rear brakes was not functioning causing the other side to wear to zero, and I was driving on 25-30% front brakes. The back rotors were destroyed and had to be replaced with the brakes. The power bowser in pittsburgh service manager told me that this is a widespread problem with the Sonatas (especially my model year) that Hyundai corporation is fully aware of (in 2 ways they either stick to the rotor or don't move, as in my case) and has not recalled or issued a bulletin on. Instead, they apparently have a "goodwill unofficial warranty" that they will fix the problem if it happens within 2 years or 24K miles of purchase. My car is a few months over 2 years old, so that did not apply to me. They knew about this problem with my model car, but I had no warning. I was driving around with one side of my back brakes not working that wore the other side to zero and was grinding metal-on-metal. I had to pay $500+ for the rear brakes and rotors. Overall, this incident was not only costly but frightening that they let me and others drive around on brakes they know to fail.

- Lexington, MA, USA

problem #27

Oct 152009

Sonata

  • 17,500 miles
Rear brakes on 2007 Hyundai Sonata acquired high pitched squeal, odor, and wheels were too hot to the touch at 17,500 miles. Both rear wheel bolts & wheel were very hot. The tire could blow up on a highway and cause personal injury. I took it to the dealer and the dealer said to replace rear disk brakes at a cost of $275. I protested saying that at such a low mileage it should not happen and there seems to be design defect and that it should be covered under warranty but they would not budge. There seems to be defective rear brake mechanisms causing the pads to freeze against the rotors. I got pads replaced, rotor resurfaced etc. At Napa. They said that it is systemic problem with Sonatas. Many people have posted rear brake problems at www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2007/Hyundai/Sonata for your review.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #26

Sep 252009

Sonata

  • 15,000 miles
2007 Hyundai Sonata rear brake pads need replacing every 15,000 miles. I have had to replace these twice in two years. I have never had to do this with any other vehicle that I have owned, and most of my driving is highway driving. From reading other auto forums, this problem is common among Sonata owners.

- Phoenix, NY, USA

problem #25

Sep 172009

Sonata

  • 65,366 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that upon exiting a ramp with the cruise control engaged he applied pressure to the break pedal, but the vehicle would not stop. As a consequence, he rear-ended another vehicle. The front end of his vehicle was damaged, but none of the occupants were injured. The vehicle was towed to a repair facility. He is in the process of determining if his VIN number was included in recall# 09V122000, service brakes, hydraulic, switches, brake light. The failure and current mileages were 65,336.

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #24

Sep 082009

Sonata

  • 11,000 miles
2007 Hyundai Sonata. 11,500 miles left rear wheel seized up while traveling on the interstate. Mechanic said: Brake caliper was frozen causing the brake pads to wear prematurely causing overheating and damage to the rotor. Fortunately I did not loose control of the vehicle so there was no crash. The brakes on the other 3 wheels were fine indicating a defective part(s). Now the frustrating and unbelievable part of the issue: Hyundai service manager said it is not covered under warranty because the brake pads are a wear item. I asked him to show me in the warranty where a defective caliper is a wear problem with no response. They would not fix the vechicle under warranty. Upon searching the internet, I learned that this same thing happened to many people and is apparently a very common problem. The posts also reflect the exact same experience with the Hyundai dealership in their refusal to admit that a mechanical defect exists. I took the vehicle to my own personal mechanic for the repair and plan on saving the bill and parts for a recall that should occur in the future. Thank you.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #23

Sep 012009

Sonata

  • 20,000 miles
Left rear brake locked up on 2007 Hyundai Sonata. Dealer looked at it and determined the brake caliper was stuck due to corrosion and brake dust buildup, causing the brake to be applied 100% of the time, thus wearing away the pad and causing the backing plate to contact the rotor. Dealer said this was a common failure on Sonata in areas where road salt is used. Pads replaced and rotors resurfaced. Not covered under warranty. Car has 20,000 miles on it.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #22

Sep 032009

Sonata

  • 36,000 miles
Rear disc brake calipers remain closed due to corrosion on slide"?" resulting in need of repair worn pads and rotors.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #21

Aug 182009

Sonata

  • 36,950 miles
2007 Hyundai left rear brake pad failed - damaging rotor - over heating and warping on a car with less than 40,000 miles.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #20

Aug 222009

Sonata

  • 17,286 miles
2007 Hyundai Sonata gls w/17,000 miles.car has been serviced either by dealer or by car-X every 3,000 miles since purchase Aug. Of 07. Upon bringing the vehicle in for service at 17,286 miles(tire rotation, oil, lube, & filter) mechanic noticed left rear brakes were completely gone right down to the metal. Upon inspection of remaining 3 wheels he found they were in excellent condition pertaining to the mileage on the vehicle. I took the damaged parts to the dealership and the service manager did not even acknowledge my complaint of only 1 wheel having a problem. When I returned home I called Hyundai in calif. And told them about my problem.she asked questions and was courteous but I could tell she knew about the brake problem on this vehicle.she called me back the next day (Aug.27th),and informed me she called 2 of the dealerships I had the vehicle serviced at and they said the brakes were checked"??" she then informed me the service mgr. Said I did not have a legitimate complaint and could do nothing for me. I was told this problem was definitely a safety issue and had that wheel locked up from the damaged brake pad it could have caused an accident. I'm hoping you can do something for me in this matter as Hyundai will not.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #19

Aug 112009

Sonata

  • 27,000 miles
I have a Hyundai Sonata 07 which has 27K miles on. Few days ago I heard grinding noise coming from the rear of the vehicle when stopping and when going from a stop. I took the car to the dealership and they said that this is a problem with the Sonatas because of the way the break pads are put in and left with almost no room in the holders (I'm not sure what was the name of the part that holds the pads). I'm about to have the pads replaced and I'll save them for you but I've had other vehicles and never had that problem and nobody I asked had to change their breaks after 27K miles. I believe that this is a safety issue and that is why I'm writhing this complain and it is issue due to either bad parts or bad design.

- Portland, ME, USA

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